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Daily Practice: Services to Infants and Children

Daily practice in services to Infants and children should be addressed by the collaborative as treating the parents alone ignores the effects of substance abuse on the children. Substance abuse services provided to families in the child welfare system should be provided in a family systems approach. When residential care is warranted, keeping parents and their children together whenever appropriate should be a priority. If the cycle cannot be interrupted in a family where caretakers are substance abusing or addicted, there is the risk that without effective intervention a new generation may repeat the same pattern in which they were raised. Advocates for children have a role in ensuring that the special needs of children of substance abusers are addressed in prevention and intervention programs. Agency attorneys can act as a liaison between the agency, community and media to advocate for improved services to increase family recovery and child protection.

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      Targeted Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Methamphetamine or Other Substance Abuse: Fourth Annual Report to Congress

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